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    Out of the blue – Musings from Faraway

    We have all come across travel threads with questions that seem a little strange. It might have been about the oddball hot topic of the moment or something that seems completely off the wall. What were your thoughts? While roaming about online recently, I came across one such thread on one of my regular travel groups. The question was from a traveller asking about the safety of a location following reports of attacks on tourists in the last few months. It seemed like a case of some simple reassurance and I was surprised to see the negative comments from other members directed at the enquirer. As a long-time traveller, I…

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    Petworth House and Deer Park

    I have been exploring the deer park at Petworth ever since I was a little girl. It was a Sunday treat to visit with groups of family as we took dog walks and picnics and tried to spot the fallow deer grazing amongst the trees. As I have aged my interest spread to the house of which the grounds belong and a year or two ago I took my first tour of the grand building itself. Constructed in 17th century, Petworth House has passed through generations of one family with the current descendants living in the private apartments today. Full of artworks and stunning interiors, the family’s fondness for the arts…

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    Solo Adventures in Venice

    Venice is a place where you can learn the meaning of the Italian phrase ‘Dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. It is the place in Italy I have visited most and my favourite location to visit solo. Here is a place you can feel completely anonymous. No-one notices that you are walking around on your own, most are looking down at their mobile apps whilst trying to navigate themselves in the right direction. The rest are trying to get around tourists to find their way as quickly as possible to wherever they are going.  This provides a sort of security for solo travellers who can feel comfortable…

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    Around the World with 80 friends in….Cuba

    In this piece we explore the home of rum, salsa and cigars. A place where vintage American classics own the roads and colourful communities give way to white sand beaches. Join The Faraway Bug with longtime friend Clive as we talk about life on the Caribbean island of Cuba.   So Clive, what took you to Cuba? I was keen for some rest and relaxation on an annual trip with some friends. Cuba seemed like a great option. What was life like there? Slightly unbalanced economically. You can see a difference in areas depending on where you are in Cuba. Some of the poorer areas are described as ghettos, whereas…

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    Get into the Christmas spirit for free!

    Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love Christmastime.  It is so easy to get carried away with the consumer side, but we all know that this is not what Christmas is really about. There are so many ways we can be involved and get to the heart and the meaning of Christmas, that there really is no excuse for anyone to miss out on some festive fun.  So dust off those Santa hats and hunt out the cookie cutters, we are on the home stretch…here are some extra ways to get into the Christmas spirit for free! Join in – Every town and village has a Christmas…